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Drexel ballers arrested after a (poorly plotted) robbery

July 26, 2010

I fully understand that teenagers and early-20 year old young men can be stupid. I understand that sometimes they feel their oats and want to fight. And I know there are some bad seeds working off of impulse and the desire to steal things that they want. But it still saddens me when Division I basketball players go out and find new and dumber ways of trying to rob people.

And part of that is I’m not sure how a player who robs people in a small town (like Anthony DiLoreto last summer) while having a distinctive look (7-feet tall, sunken eyes; to his “credit”, DiLoreto was the getaway driver). And I’m not sure how a player (Robert “Stix” Mitchell) robs 8 fellow students with another former star (Kelly Whitney), tying them up along the way, especially when both are unnaturally tall (6’6″ and 6’8″). And now these dumb f**ks from Drexel try to rob a college student, brandishing guns and expecting money.

From a college student? Who lives in the same complex as them? Even the rich kids in college aren’t flush in cash. Only the pot and cocaine dealers in college have money. Come on, son. Don’t you know anything? At least these guys are guards… they could, theoretically look like someone else (unlike the 6’6″ baller).

Assuming this story is all true, the players are Jamie Harris (starting guard) and Kevin Phillip (backup forward). Both are from New York and have surrendered to the police.

With hundreds of college teams, there are bound to be some kids who commit crimes. And I’m not going to be the kind of scold who pretends that all of these kids have a good sense of where their college degree is going to take them if they’re not much of an academic student. And truth is, a lot of kids are in college ball for the basketball, not for the opportunity for education.

But by any standard, for fairly high-profile guys, that’s pretty damned stupid.

Next summer, let’s all spread the word – the summer of no robberies. Let’s stick to fights like Kansas does.

Transplanted New Yorker and now Midwesterner Peter a/k/a Pico writes for Johnny Jungle, doing the Calm Before the Storm posts and also for the Church of Bracketology. Pico is also on Twitter, @ECoastBias. Add the East Coast Bias to your rss link.rss feeds; or follow by email linkemail.

  1. Brahms
    July 27, 2010 at 8:13 am

    This world is a mess. The majority of black atheletes are not college material. They take the easiest classes possible and have free tutors and other resources. Is this what college is all about? I thought it was an institution of higher learning where some of the smart kids are also good athletes – not, some of the black athletes can actually read. But this is the world that you liberals wanted- have at it.

    • picodulce
      July 27, 2010 at 8:39 am

      I am going to post your comment because you, sir/ ma’am, are a moron.

      1- The majority of black athletes (in general) graduate. In fact, the majority of black basketball players graduate (see: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/campus-overload/2010/03/another_ncaa_bracket_player_gr.html). An awful lot of black, white, asian, latino, multiracial, etc people don’t graduate college or stop at an associate’s degree.

      2- If you are judging “college material” by crimes committed, I think you’d have around 90-95% of the kids NOT committing crimes. That’s pretty normal, considering how many kids of all stripes steal things in college, deal drugs in college, get into fights in college.

      3- “You liberals?” College sports cross political lines. If anything, the culture and fanbase tends CONSERVATIVE. So perhaps this is the world CONSERVATIVES wanted. So get out of here with that non-sequitor stupidity. Though if you’re planning on leaving the planet, I’ll give you any assistance you will provide, and I – since you consider me “you liberals” – will have at it.

      4- And if you think black athletes are committing the crimes, follow the link to Anthony DiLoreto. Or this Tennessee player, who from a young age seems to have had his head screwed on wrong: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4146057.

      In conclusion, you’re a moron.

      • Brahms
        July 27, 2010 at 1:01 pm

        1. Who cares if they graduate? I never claimed they didn’t. The point is they are not college material. I’ll probably need to explain that further for you – they never would have been accepted were it not for sports.
        2. See above
        3. Liberal yes – affirmative action is very similar. Its liberals who whine when no black firemen can pass a test and at the same time see no problem with an all black college team made up of way below average students. Double standard.
        4. Blacks in general commit 70% of all robberies in the U.S..

  2. picodulce
    July 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    1- “Who cares if they graduate?” You said they’re not college material! I’ll have to explain it further – you contradicted yourself. We’re not talking high-end academic institutions in all cases here. Drexel, for example, is no top university. If kids are getting through school and graduating, how can you say they’re not college material?

    2- see above.

    3- You aren’t making sense. I don’t see conservatives or right-wing libertarians turning away from college ball because of the student achievement. Did you know John Wall had over a 3.0 GPA at Kentucky? Did you know players have to maintain a 2.0 to be eligible? And before you poo-poo the classes they take, you should go to a D1 school and tell me how many engineers are on ANY athletic team. There are volleyball players in communications, there are tennis players in Geology, there are football players in every easy major.

    4- Look, if you’re going to some poorly sourced white supremacist site for your crime stats, you have problems, because that’s JUST. NOT. TRUE. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_and_crime_in_the_United_States#National_Crime_Victimization_Survey_.28NCVS.29 Or dig around here: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/#ncvs. I know, I know, it’s the government, and you probably don’t trust them with their accountability and data collection.

  3. George
    July 27, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Neither of the Drexel players were shooting guards (maybe they were just working on their shot?). Both were defensive specialists (going on the offensive?).

    This will really hurt Drexel next year, and by that I mean in RECRUITING!!!! The school finally starts earning a great academic rep and these 2 throw some dirt on it. It’s a shame!

    • picodulce
      July 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm

      It is a shame. And strange, as well. Jamie Harris certainly thought he was quite the shooter (no pun intended, really).

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